AIRNZ_747-800 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 1, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 956 times:
According to Boeing, the airline market does not need the 747X. Boeing thinks that airlines are suited just fine with the 747-400 and its versions plus other jets like the 777. It is quite odd that Boeing canceled the 747X program, since there will be a rapid increase in the number of airline passenger's traveling the world's skies in the future. It is quite a pity that Boeing canceled its 747X program, since I overwhelmingly prefer the 747 over the A380 in all aspects and proportions.
GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 12968 posts, RR: 79 Reply 2, posted (12 years 4 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 952 times:
In the past few years, there has been a number of false starts in updating the 747, witness the 747-500/600/700 programme suddenly cancelled in early 1997. For all their retoric, I suspect Boeing came to regret that move, as it would have given them a significant head start on then A3XX.
When some of the world's top airlines-and best Boeing customers, went for the now A380, rather than the 747X, Boeing really had little choice. Again I suspect all of this 'there's no market' stuff they came out with is retoric too, though Boeing probably do think it smaller than Airbus do. But then wouldn't an updated design have the edge over an all-new product?
Boeing nut From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 4, posted (12 years 4 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 936 times:
I agree that the timing of the 747X program back in 97' would have been perfect, but just like the latest decision being a business move, it was a phenomenal move back then. Shortly after the 97' decision, the Asian financial crisis occured. I think this would have resulted in numerous cancellations of orders and Boeing losing thier hide. R/D cost wree in the billions for the 747X program back in 97'.